Yoga with Melissa 126 Ganesh Series, Ganesh and the Durva Grass

by Melissa West on May 3, 2012

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Long Long ago, a ruthless demon named Anlasur created havoc around the world. He was so terrible that the earth would tremble by his voice and his eyes used to emit fire. The Gods were not spared either. He would swallow saints, sages and innocent people alive. There was terror all around. Indra, tried to control Anlasur several times by engaging him in battle. However, there was no respite. Anlasur was beyond Indra’s control.

Panic stricken by Anlasur’s terror, all the gods went to Lord Shankar for help. He revealed that only Sri Ganesha could help them. Sri Ganesh was pot-bellied and could swallow Anlasur. There was enough space in his belly to accommodate the demon. So all the gods prayed to Ganesha so he would rescue them from the clutches of Analasura. Pleased by the prayers, Sri Ganesh agreed to help them.

Lord Ganesha took the form of a small boy and started “Sarvkasha” war. Analasura’s powerful eyes oozed out fireballs and destroyed surroundings of Ganesha. A tough battle ensued between Ganesha and Analasura during which Ganesha assumed his “Virat Roop” and swallowed Analasura.

However, the heat from the stomach started causing much agony to Lord Ganesha. He became restless and could not even lie down. Many things were tried, Lord Indra gave Sri Ganesha the moon to wear on his forehead so that he could be cooled off ( this is why Ganesha is also known as Balachandra). Lord Vishnu gave his lotus therefore Ganesha is also known as “Padmapani”. Lord Shankara removed a cobra from his neck and tied it to Ganesha’s hip. Lord Varuna, Rain God showered plenty of water, however nothing worked and Ganesha continued to suffer the heat.

At that time 88,000 sages reached and each one performed archana over Sri Ganesha with 21 Durva grass each and miraculously Ganesha was cured.

Ganesha said – “whoever with devotion offer me Durva would be pious and get Punya.”

The word Durva is derived from the words duhu and avam. “Duhuavam” means that which is far away and means that which brings closer. According to this meaning, Durva is that which brings the distant pure spiritual particles (pavitraks) of Lord Ganesha closer.

So what does this mean to us in our practice? That which is far away comes closer. In our practice of yoga we come closer to ourselves. Through moving our own bodies, becoming aware of our bodies and breath through our yoga practice we come to know our True Self. That which is far away comes closer. In today’s practice we will work with hip opening practices of the watery second chakra, cooling breath practices, moon poses, lotus pose, cobra, and we will connect durva, the grass as a way to bring us closer to ourselves.


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